Crisp and creamy shades of white conjure up that cozy holiday feeling — with or without snow on the ground. If you’re looking to go beyond the typical red and green palette, we pulled together some of our favorite ways to incorporate
winter-white into your space — from DIY crafts to a Scandi-style tablescape and more. Here’s to dreaming of a white Christmas!
Upgrade A Store-Bought Wreath
Add small berries and a few sprigs of dusty miller, then apply a light spray of faux snow for a wintery look and splurge on a nice wide ribbon for your bow.
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Layer Your Living Room With Texture
Just like winter, white gets a bad rap for being cold and stark. With a little layering though, this shade proves its depth, versatility and, yes, even its warmth. Here, a small tree is decorated with inexpensive cream, white and silver ornaments accented with a dusting of artificial snow. Bustled ivory silk forms the tree skirt and acts as a luxe counterpoint to the vintage pedestal table. Mix in a few black and wood accents to balance the light palette and you’re set.
Create A Gingerbread Village
These childhood cookies look all grown up decorated with vanilla icing and placed in glass vessels. Nestle the gingerbread in sugar to mimic snow, and top with a ribbon to create a hostess gift that won’t dry out (unlike gingerbread houses that sit out on the counter). Battery-powered ornaments add a festive glow.
Display Vintage Ornaments
Consider showcasing a few of your most prized ornaments in their protective box on a pretty tray. Fill in any missing compartments with pinecones or bells.
DIY Snowflake Ornaments
In the spirit of holiday baking, roll out porcelain clay and use cookie cutters and stamps to create keepsake ornaments that double as placecards. Punch a hole at the top of each ornament using a plastic straw and let them dry overnight on a baking tray. Once dry, apply a thin coat of white paint over top of the stamped ornaments using a foam roller, and thread pieces of ribbon through the holes.
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Try A Scandi-Style Tablescape
This table setting features a mix of rustic (cerused wood and dried thistles) and refined (crystal glasses and vintage silverware) elements. Place settings are wrapped up like presents using twine while an embroidered snowflake runner creates a winter wonderland feel.
Turn Your Bedroom Into A Snowy Sanctuary
Layered whites are at their peak in this snug bedroom complete with a playful spotted headboard, snowball-like plaster lamp and linens in varying tones of cream, ivory and bright white. A barely-there peg rail (made with a piece of wood and simple peg hooks) is strung with plug-in globe lights. Aside from a single stocking, this is a look that can last well beyond the holidays, just like the bouquets of eucalyptus.
Author: Emily Evans
House & Home November 2017
Morgan Michener and Joel Bray